Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Biology, Pre-Pharmacy (LECOM) (2+3)

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy and Slippery Rock University (SRU) are committed to the training of future pharmacy practitioners. Slippery Rock University and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer an accelerated, five-year Doctor of Pharmacy program.  Under this joint agreement students will successfully complete the two-year undergraduate program in pre-pharmacy at SRU and then matriculate into LECOM School of Pharmacy to complete the professional curriculum of the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D) in three years.  The accelerated professional pharmacy curriculum at LECOM School of Pharmacy is offered in a 12-month program per academic year. Students participating in this program will not be awarded a Slippery Rock University degree.

For more information on admission requirements:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Competence in Laboratory and Research Skills: To conduct, assess, and communicate research investigations using established scientific practices.
  • Core Concepts for Biological Literacy:
    • Knowledge/Content:
      • Evolution
      • Structure and function across all levels of biological organization
      • Diversity and interactions of life
      • Information flow, exchange and storage in biological systems
    • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
      • Connect information from cognate science courses and liberal arts courses to biological concepts
      • Apply scientific information to current and future societal problems
  • Participation in Diverse, Enriching Scientific Activities:   Apply technical and professional skills in hands-on laboratory, clinical or field experiences. 
  • Professional Attitude: Graduates demonstrate professional attitude, behavior, and ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

Related Links

Biology - LECOM Pre-Pharmacy, BS Program Page

Biology Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Overall GPA: 3.4 or higher
Science GPA: 3.4 or higher
Math GPA: 3.4 or higher


Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements/Concentration69
Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements12

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Biology Program Requirements

  • Students desiring a Biology Major must maintain at least a 2.000 average in Biology.
  • Students must earn a "C" or better in both Biology I with Lab (BIOL 113) and Biology II with Lab (BIOL 114) before proceeding to their next biology course.
  • To view the SRU policy on senior undergraduate students earning graduate credit, click here.

LECOM - Pre-Pharmacy Requirements

Required Courses
BIOL 113Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab4
BIOL 114Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab4
BIOL 250Genetics with Lab4
BIOL 325Biostatistics and Experimental Design with Lab3
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
CHEM 108General Chemistry II3
CHEM 112General Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 211Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 212Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
COMM 200Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice3
CPSC 110Computer Concepts3
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 205Introduction to Professional Writing3
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab4
Economics Course
ECON elective3
Psychology Course
PSYC elective3
Psychology or Sociology Course
Select one of the following:3
PSYC elective
Principles of Sociology
General Electives
Select nine credits9
Total Hours69

Natural Science and Math College-Wide Requirements

Students must take the following four courses:
CHEM 107General Chemistry I3
CHEM 111General Chemistry I Lab1
MATH 225Calculus I4
PHYS 216University Physics 1 with Lab4
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 04.20.2022
UCC 02.01.2022


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BIOL 113 Biology I: Foundations of Ecology, Evolution and Diversity with Lab 4
CHEM 107
CHEM 111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
MATH 225 Calculus I 4
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
BIOL 114 Biology II: Foundations of Molecules, Genes and Cells with Lab 4
CHEM 108
CHEM 112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
ENGL 205 Introduction to Professional Writing 3
CPSC 110 Computer Concepts 3
Elective 3
Second Year
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
BIOL 250 Genetics with Lab 4
CHEM 201
CHEM 211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
PHYS 201 Elements of Physics I with Lab 4
Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
CHEM 202
CHEM 212
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
Psychology Elective 3
Behavioral Science Elective 3
BIOL 325 Biostatistics and Experimental Design with Lab 3
 Total Hours**67

Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 61LP
Revised date: 04.21.22